February Events...

  • Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF)
  • Berlinale
  • Cinequest Film Festival
  • Dublin International Film Festival
  • Festival des Images aux Mots
  • Festival Massimadi
  • Göteborg International Film Festival
  • LGBTQ LOVE STORY Film Festival
  • LGBTQ Unbordered International Film Festival
  • Magnolia Independent Film Festival
  • Mardi Gras Film Festival
  • Midsumma
  • OUTsider Film & Arts Festival
  • Pinx Festival
  • Pride: Bloomington's LGBTQ Film Festival
  • Queer Lens
  • Reelout Queer Film + Video Festival in Kingston
  • Rotterdam International Film Festival
  • Santa Barbara International Film Festival
  • Spokane International Film Festival
  • Teddy Award
  • Zinegoak Bilbao International GLBT Film Festival
BFI Flare

BFI Flare

London LGBT Film Festival

Wednesday, 15 March 2023 until Sunday, 26 March 2023

Final deadline dates for receipt of online submission forms and film screeners

  • UK and international short films (40 minutes or less) – Wednesday 21 December 2022, 17:00 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
  • UK and international feature-length films (more than 40 minutes) – Wednesday 21 December 2022, 17:00 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

Our coverage 2022 here

Our coverage 2021 here

Our coverage 2020 here

Our coverage 2019 here

Our coverage 2018 here


Stories help us understand ourselves and others. In recent years we’ve found so many kinds of queer stories in film, television and video games. This year’s BFI Flare programme demonstrates just how rich and diverse LGBTQIA+ stories in film can be. For so long, our histories were largely hidden – invisible to many. It took generations of individual and communal bravery, ingenuity and struggle to make us visible. Throughout this exciting programme, you will find so many wonderful and previously untold stories; both imagined and those that explore our truths and personal histories – ones that shine a light on the champions who preceded us. And filmmakers have the power to help us remember them so vividly. We can’t wait for you to delve into the stories in Flare this year. Whether you find them at the BFI Southbank or on BFI Player, it’s our pleasure to welcome you to being part of our BFI Flare community.

Tricia Tuttle, BFI Festivals Director and Ben Roberts, BFI Chief Executive

From the BFI Flare programmers

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. Well, someone should put a limit on that fondness, because our hearts are about to burst. It’s hard to believe it has been three years since Flare last took over BFI Southbank, filling its screens, bars and corridors with that unique, yet somehow indefinable, sense of queer magic. Since then, we have brought the Festival into your homes with Flare online – a new tradition that we are delighted to be continuing this year. But let’s be honest, nothing beats the feeling of being surrounded by your chosen LGBTQIA+ family, basking in the glow of great cinema. And now that we are finally back, we hope you’ll agree it’s with a bang. Over the 12 days of Queer Christmas we want to make you laugh, cry, think, scrutinise, question, debate and… well, give you all the feels. You deserve them. We’ve missed you!

Grace Barber-Plentie, Jay Bernard, Michael Blyth, Zorian Clayton, Brian Robinson, Emma Smart, Festival Programmers